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Desirable Body is a group exhibition curated by Melanie Pocock – Curator, Ikon, Birmingham – for Hanover Project at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN).

Monday 14 March – Friday 8 April 2022

Opening Hours: Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm
Hanover Project, Hanover Building, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, PR1 2XQ

Inspired by writer Hubert Haddad’s controversial novel, Desirable Body (2015)

The exhibition presents works by four women artists which explore how bodily consciousness and the self are shaped by our desires for, and contact with, other bodies.

Images: (1) Gina Osterloh, Zones: Dash Room, Gray (2018). Archival pigment print, 86 x 90 cm. Courtesy the artist, Silverlens Galleries, Manila, Philippines, and Higher Pictures Generation Brooklyn, New York, United States; (2) Yanyun Chen, Ear Cast Drawing (2013). Nitram charcoal on Fabriano Roma paper, 50.1 x 40 cm (image). Courtesy the artist

Supported by Hanover Project, University of Central Lancashire and Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston.



Hanover Project

Hanover Project is a contemporary art gallery at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). Run by a steering group of Fine Art lecturers, it presents exhibitions organized by staff and students and special projects by professional artists and curators.

The gallery gives students opportunities to work alongside artists and curators as research assistants, gallery invigilators and installation assistants, providing them with the valuable skills and knowledge needed for their future careers as arts professionals.

Hanover Project is seeking to collaborate with cultural partners in Preston – in this instance the Harris Museum and Art Gallery – in an effort to establish a more interconnected programme of events and exhibitions across the city. The aim of such exhibitions and events is to grow the cultural economy of Preston, develop new audiences, as well as opportunities and local infrastructure for artists.